Before the book was even released, the rights for a movie adaptation of Rick Yancey‘s The 5th Wave was bought by Tobey Maguire and his production company. And when the book was released in May of 2013, it made an impression among book readers. And now, it looks like we’re getting closer and closer to an actual production of the movie with the signing of a well-known young actress by the name of Chloe Moretz.
Moretz is nearing a deal to play Cassie Sullivan, who survives four waves of deadly attacks against the Earth’s population. On the run to save her younger brother, 16-year-old Cassie meets a mysterious young man who may become her final hope.
GK Films acquired rights to the project back in March 2012 when it purchased a proposal for a young adult trilogy from author Yancey, whose novel was published in May 2013 by Penguin. Sony is co-financing and distributing.
GK Films principal Graham King will produce with Tobey Maguire of Material Pictures. Sony executives Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti are overseeing the project for the studio.
Moretz has a quartet of diverse movies in the can, including the Keira Knightley comedy “Laggies,” the Charlize Theron thriller “Dark Places,” MGM’s drama “If I Stay” and Olivier Assayas’ indie “Clouds of Sils Maria,” which stars Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart.
So, what do you think of Chloe, who will already be seen in another YA adaptation scheduled for release later this year, as hardened alien-fighter Cassie Sullivan? Personally, I think Chloe’s a decent choice, but I wouldn’t have minded a fresh face in the YA movie genre.